3 Russian Satellites crash into Pacific Ocean, after failed launch

By on Dec 6, 2010 in Astronomy, Russia, Science, World Comments

Three Russian satellites crashed into Pacific Ocean after they failed to launch on Sunday at about 5:25 a.m. EST (1025 GMT) and were not able to reach the proper orbit, according to Space’ official website.

According to its report, the Proton rocket capsule carrying those satellites crashed into the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii on Sunday, with no damage or casualties.

“Three Glonass-M fell into a non-navigational area of the Pacific Ocean some 1,500 kilometers northwest of the city of Honolulu, administrative center of the state of Hawaii,” according to Russian newspaper Ria Novosti; as quoted at Space.com.

The three Russian satellites, the supposed equivalent to that from US and were launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, were to complete the formation of Global Positioning System (GPS).

The satellites were reported to be designed for both civilian and military operations, with each of them weigh about 1,415 kilogram (over 3,000 pounds), and was designed to last seven years in orbit.

Apparently, this is the third batch of Russian satellites that were launched this year, with the first and second batch launched successfully in March and September, respectively.



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